DEAR READERS, thank you for making Beeg Eagle’s Blog THRIVE. Early yesterday morning (28th September 2011), we recorded the 100,000th hit on this blog.
The attainment of that landmark can be attributed to your continuing patronage and readership of our modest efforts at blogging, which for us has been purely a matter of airing our views without forcing anyone to take them at more than face value.Beeg Eagle’s Blog commenced operations eighteen months ago in March 2010. Operating in fits-and-stops and sometime laying off entirely for months on end, we fully came to the board in June 2011. This coincided with the stepping up of activities by insurgents active inside Nigeria.
With the glut of badly-skewed and often, outrightly misleading information so readily available about Nigeria and Nigerian affairs in cyberspace and in the media, even with the teeming number of cockily-styled Nigeria ‘specialists’ and ‘experts’ in the business, we felt it necessary to step in and do our bit after twenty-five years dating back to pre-teenage years, of having observed the Nigerian, African and global defence and security landscape with a degree of passion akin to religious devotion.
In those exalted ‘analytic’ quarters, for example, the Nigerian Navy which we see everyday in action everywhere from the Niger Delta to the waters off Lagos has been dismissively described as being ‘grounded’, almost as if the flawed appraisal had been carried out with certain preconceived notions.
That same Navy has been very slowly rebuilding its stock of capital ships and refloating hitherto non-operational platforms through the Direct Intervention Funding of the Federal Government of Nigeria and has proactively ramped up its fleet of brownwater and coastal patrol combatants.So much so that the Navy have drastically curbed the menace of piracy in Nigerian territorial waters, forcing pirates to ply their ignoble trade elsewhere in the Gulf of Guinea.
The supposedly grounded Navy have even now taken the fight against maritime domain security nuisance active in the territorial waters of the neighbouring Republic of Benin. so much for grounded navies.
Let me use this medium to appreciate all readers and of course, those who have subscribed to this blog from places as far afield as Belgium, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kenya, Turkey, Russia, Korea, Iceland, The Philippines, among other places. We shall strive to deepen and make better, all that you find interesting about this blog.
If you are a Nigerian and shall be celebrating the 51st anniversary of our attainment of independence come October 1st, rejoice for we shall overcome as surely as sunshine follows a dark night. Regardless of her imperfections, we love the staggering giant that is motherland NIGERIA…all 158 million people rallied together as 374 ethnic groups, all 514 languages under one flag…from the cascading waves of Bonny Island in the Gulf of Guinea to the desert sand dunes of Yusufari.
Though ethnic group, flora, fauna,landscape and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we STAND.